Private Newport: Wit & Whimsy

WIT AND WHIMSEY IN THE GARDEN

By Bettie Bearden Pardee, June 20, 2017

I just welcomed my first garden visitors of the summer, the lovely ladies of the Virginia Robinson Garden in Beverly Hills, led by my dear friend, Jeanne Anderson. Their gracious thank you gifts touched me deeply, but there was one that really tugged at my heartstrings — tablecloths inspired by the iconic wallpaper of banana leaves in the famous Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel. How many lunches, cocktails and dinners I have enjoyed in that special setting (starting with my father’s surprise 50th birthday party when I was a little girl.)

This note of whimsy set the tone for the garden trooping we did over their three days in Newport. Perhaps it was because I’m always of a certain mindset that wit and whimsy should be a part of everyday, every garden, every home. In fact, one of the gardens is located at a seaside home appropriately named, “The Whim” (it is their stone toadstools and moss-covered table that are our feature image above).

In the same fairy-like garden, a stone bench hides among the azaleas and hostas.

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